Larry Ruppel

Larry Ruppel

3D Senior Character Animator / CG Animation Supervisor / VFX

Senior Character Animator / Supervisor Head of Character Animation / 18 yrs

New York City, NY

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Supervising Character Animator

The Walking Dead: Last Mile (2022)

CG Artist / VFX Animator

Love Is Blind (2019)

VFX Character Animator

Along with The Gods (2017)

3D Character Animator

Money Monster (2016)

VFX Character Animator

The Path (2016)

VFX Animator

Shades of Blue (2016)

Character Animator

Happyish (2015)

Lead Character Animator

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (2015)

VFX 3D Character Animator

A Walk Among The Tombstones (2014)

Sequence Supervisor / Lead Character Animator

Skylanders: Giants (2012)

VFX Animator

Elementary (2012)


The Buddha (2010)

Head of Character Animation

Luke and Lucy: The Texas Rangers (2009)

Traditional Animator

Chicago 10 (2007)

Senior Character Animator

Pearl Quest

Supervising Character Animator

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Key Character Animator / Lead Animator

Babylon Fields

A native of New York City and a graduate of Pratt Art Institute and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Film Division, Larry Ruppel has had the privilege over the course of his career to collaborate with numerous film, television, and multimedia studios, applying his professional skills in both traditional 2D and 3D / CG techniques to character animation worldwide.

Larry has worked with Disney Feature Animation USA/France, Warner Brothers USA, Jellyfish Pictures London, and with LuxAnimation Studios Benelux,
where he was Head of Character Animation for the CG feature film
BOB & BOBETTE: LES DIABLES DU TEXAS, based on the classic Willy Vandersteen Belgian comic book series.

Lately, he has been associated with The Molecule NYC, where he supervised character animation for the Netflix series UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT,
and with the studios Psyop NYC, Goodbye Kansas Stockholm, and Framestore NYC/London.

Award-winning films Larry has worked on include the CG short SUBA, a SIGGRAPH selected film directed by British illustrator Alastair Graham, and the 2D documentary feature CHICAGO 10, directed by Brett Morgen and showcased at Sundance for an opening night premiere.

In addition, he has been a regular guest lecturer at NYU’s Advanced Animation Program in NYC, and also an invited speaker at the GDC Conference in Lyon, France, and at the International Animated Film Festival in Annecy, France.
Work History
  • Senior Character Animator


    March 2019 - Present
    New York City, NY

    Freelance Character Animation for various short film and commercial projects.

  • Independent Character Animation Professional

    2006 - Present

    Currently Available for Character/VFX Animation Opportunities Worldwide.

  • Independent Animation Professional

    November 1999 - Present

    Currently Available for Character/VFX Animation Opportunities Worldwide.

  • Supervising Character Animator

    Cyber Group Studios

    July 2022 - October 2022

    Supervised character animation (motion-capture and keyframe) of Zombies and other characters, both living and dead, for several episodes of "The Walking Dead: Last Mile", in association with Skybound Entertainment and Facebook Meta.

  • Lead Character Animator

    Moonbug Entertainment

    September 2021 - April 2022

    Animated the iconic characters of the CoComelon family, along with several cartoon animals for integration as interactive visual effects for the theatrical stage-show spectacular "CoComelon LIVE! JJ's Journey",
    currently touring around the country and worldwide.

  • Lead Character Animator

    The Molecule

    November 2018 - November 2018
    New York, New York, US

    VFX Character Animation.

  • Character Animator


    October 2017 - April 2018
    New York

    Animated legendary gods, dueling wizards, and flying Chinese dragons in 3D for a gargantuan amusement park dark ride in China.

  • 3D Character Animator


    2017 - 2018
    Greater New York City Area

    Animated legendary gods, dueling wizards, and flying Chinese dragons in 3D for the gargantuan cinematic dark ride "Pearl Quest", nominated for a 2019 VES award for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project.

  • Character Animator

    Goodbye Kansas

    June 2017 - September 2017
    Stockholm, Sweden

    Animating courageous mice and dancing llamas.

  • 3D Character Animator

    The Molecule

    2015 - April 2017
    New York City

    Creating photo-realistic VFX creature/character animation for feature films and TV series,
    including "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt", "A Walk Among the Tombstones", "Happyish",
    "Money Monster", "Elementary", and a Conan O'Brien VR project for ComicCon 2016.

  • Storyboard Artist / Character Animator

    Asteroid Media, Inc.

    2016 - November 2016
    New York City

    Storyboard Artist and Character Animator for the upcoming PBS documentary
    on the subject of Medieval Spain, titled "The Ornament of the World" (2019).

  • 3D Character Animator


    2014 - November 2014
    Greater New York City Area

    VFX Hero Character Animation for an upcoming epic short film for Hyundai.

  • 3D Character Animator

    The Molecule

    2014 - 2014
    New York City

    Created photo-realistic VFX character animation for the
    current feature film "A Walk Among The Tombstones" (2014).

  • Supervisor / Lead Character Animator

    Activision / Panda Panther

    2012 - November 2013

    Lead Supervising Character Animator for cinematic cut scenes
    on Skylanders: Giants VG.

  • Character Animator

    Blue Man Group

    2012 - November 2011
    New York City

    Character Animator for robots in live theatrical Blue Man stage performance
    opening in Las Vegas - Fall 2012.

  • Character Animator

    Mass Market

    2011 - 2011
    New York City

    Created animation of Red Stag character for Jim Beam commercial "The Chase".

  • Character Animator


    2010 - 2011
    New York City

    Character Animator and Previz for AT&T "Whole New World"
    3D stereoscopic spot.
    Character Animator for UPS, Fanta, and numerous commercials.

  • Lead Supervisor / Head of Feature Animation


    2007 - November 2009

    Assembled and hired the Animation Team /
    Supervised all Character Animation for the CG Feature Film entitled
    "Bob and Bobette: Les Diables du Texas" (French)
    "Suske en Wiske: De Texas Rakkers" (Flemish)
    "Luke and Lucy: The Texas Rangers" (English),
    released in cinemas throughout Europe 2009 - 2011.

  • Conference Speaker

    Annecy Animation Festival (France)

    June 2009 - June 2009
    Annecy, France

    Participated in the Animated Features:Case Studies conference as Head of Animation
    for "Bob & Bobette: The Texas Rangers".

  • Speaker

    Lyon GDC

    December 2007 - December 2007
    Lyon, France

    Lectured on using Traditional Animation Principles in CG Character Animation

  • Character Animator

    Mechanism Digital

    2007 - 2007
    New York City

    CG Character Animator for Spiderman 3 Campaign.

  • CG Supervising Animator

    Jellyfish Pictures

    October 2005 - 2007

    Supervising animator for "SUBA", a musical CG short film.
    "SUBA" showed with "X-Men 3" at the Odeon Cinema
    in London, was showcased at SIGGRAPH 2006,
    and has won First Prize for Animation at the IMAF Festival
    in London.

  • Character Animator

    Jellyfish Pictures

    2005 - 2007
  • Character Animator / Designer

    Asterisk Animation

    2005 - 2007
    New York City

    Traditional Character Animator on numerous projects,
    most notably the documentary feature film "Chicago 10".

  • Character Animator

    Jellyfish Pictures

    November 2004 - November 2006
    London, UK

    Character & VFX Animation for short films and Television special.

  • BFA in Filmmaking

    New York University

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  • Pratt Institute

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